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Posted by Andy Brown on 25 November 2019
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The new Power BI ribbon waiting in preview
So in the November Power BI update Microsoft are previewing a new ribbon. Is this a radical change? Initially I thought perhaps it was, but when you look at the before and after screen shots below you'll see that while the tools in the toolbox are no longer in the same drawers, they still all do the same things.
The HOME tab
So here's what part of the Home tab of the main Power BI ribbon looks like as things stand, before the new ribbon:
The current Power BI ribbon.
And here's what the proposed new Home tab will look like:
The new Home tab of the ribbon (or most of it, anyway).
The New visual icon shown above seems to add a column chart by default.
The new INSERT tab
This enitrely new tab looks like this in preview:
The new Insert tab of the ribbon.
It seems sensible that all of the insertion options should be on the same ribbon tab, so a definite thumbs-up for this tab.
The MODELING tab
The current ("old") Modeling tab looks like this:
Part of the old Modeling tab of the ribbon.
Here's what the proposed new Modeling tab will look like:
The new version of the tab is more logically organised.
The VIEW tab
The current View tab of Power BI looks like this:
Microsoft have tended to add a new tick box for every new feature introduced.
The new tab makes everything easier to find:
It's much easier to see what you're choosing to view now.
The FILE menu
Finally, here are the old and proposed new File menus:
|Old File menu||New File menu|
This seems a strange change - the new menu looks more old-fashioned than the old one (and uses the old black background of Power BI, which was removed in the June 2019 update).